EVANS, Ga. - Mr. William Albert Rossignol, Billy, 93, whose ancestors played an important role in the settlement of Augusta, entered into rest Monday, May 23, 2005 at Brandon Wilde Life Care Community, Evans. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2005 at The Church of The Good Shepherd with The Very Rev. Robert D. Fain and The Rev. Dr. Andrew J. Menger officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Family Cemetery. Mr. Rossignol was an active member of The Church of The Good Shepherd where he served on the vestry. He was a native of Augusta and graduate of the Academy of Richmond where, in earlier years, his great-grandfather was principal. Later, he graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and Rutgers University. Mr. Rossignol served in the United States Air Force during World War II, and upon completion of his duties in 1946, he married Carolyn Elizabeth Hinman, lovingly known as Betty, and a staff member of th e American Red Cross, whom he met while in the Air Force. He spent a life long career in the banking field where he was a former Vice President and Senior Officer at Georgia Railroad Bank. He is remembered for his professional banking expertise as well as his delightful spirit of professional service. Mr. Rossignol was active in humanitarian endeavors, a Rotarian, and is appreciated for his unrelenting generosity. He was humble and self-effacing about his accomplishments, except for the five times that he made a hole-in-one at the Augusta Country Club where he held membership. Mr. Rossignol was an active member of the Gertrude Herbert Art Institute where he served as Treasurer and Chairman and a member of the Augusta Art Institute. After retirement, Mr. Rossignol tapped a waiting talent and spent many hours creating on canvas paintings, as well as portraits. This talent is presently displayed as treasures on the walls of many homes here in Augusta and elsewhere. During retirement, Mr. Rossignol taught portrait painting in Sparta and to residents at Brandon Wilde, even until his death. He is survived by a son, William A. Rossignol, Jr., and wife, Candace Colman Rossignol, Gainesville, Fla.; a daughter, Elizabeth Hinman Rossignol Evans and husband, Dr. Robert Harry Evans, Virginia Beach, Va.; three grandchildren, Richard William Rossignol, Dubuque, IA, William Kyle Rossignol, Gainesville, Fla., and Harry Nelson Evans, Virginia Beach, Va.; and five nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends tonight, Friday, May 27, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. at Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, Ga. If so desired, a kind remembrance may be made to the historical Walker Family Cemetery, c/o/ Russell Shearer, Treasurer, 2303 Cane Trace Ct., Augusta, GA 30907. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA 30809 (706-860-6166).
The Augusta Chronicle May 27, 2005